Nunsense Opens at the Lee Playhouse

FORT LEE – The second production of the Lee Playhouse’s 2016 – 2017 Main Stage season is “Nunsense”, opening on Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m. Lee Playhouse is located at 1100 Mahone Ave, building 4300, Fort Lee, Virginia.

Nunsense is a musical comedy with a book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin. Originating as a line of greeting cards, Goggin expanded the concept into a cabaret that ran for 38 weeks, and eventually into a full-length musical.

The original Off-Broadway production opened December 12, 1985, running for 3,672 performances and becoming the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history. The show has since been adapted for television, starring Rue McClanahan, and has spawned six sequels and three spin-offs.

Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time Missionary order that ran a leper colony on an island south of France, discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the other fifty-two residents of the convent with her tainted vichyssoise while they were off playing bingo with a group of Maryknolls. Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. The greeting cards were an enormous success and, thinking there was plenty of money, the Reverend Mother bought a plasma television for the convent, leaving her with no money in the kitty to pay for the last four burials. With the deceased nuns on ice in the deep freeze, they decide to stage a variety show in the Mount Saint Helen’s School auditorium to raise the necessary amount. Participating in the project are Mother Superior Mary Regina (Amber dePass), a former circus performer who cannot resist the spotlight; her competitive but dignified rival, second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert (Tara Martino); Sister Robert Anne (Anita Sharpenstein), a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo (Bethany Finnegan Seay), a novice who is determined to be the world’s first ballerina nun; and wacky, childlike Sister Mary Amnesia (Suzanne Nicar), who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. The entertainment that they present includes solo star turns, madcap dance routines, and an audience quiz.

“Nunsense” is directed and choreographed by Tony Sharpenstein with musical direction by Steve Raybould. The scenic design is by Frank Foster, lighting design by Cindy Warren and sound design by Red Redling. The production is stage managed and costumed by Denise Blake. 

“Nunsense” performances are Fridays and Saturdays, November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays, November 6, 13, and 20 at 3:00 p.m. For reservations or further information, please call the box office at 804.734.6629.

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